We all know someone who eats only certain types of animal products. Some folks avoid red meat but happily eat chicken on a daily basis. Others consider themselves strictly pescatarians and indulge in all kinds of fish and seafood. Meanwhile, many vegetarians avoid eating meat but consume a diet heavy in milk, cheese, and eggs.
Reduction is for Everyone!
Faunalytics’ Animal Product Impact Scales are here to help. Whether you’re a red meat lover or an almost-there-vegan, this scale proves that reduction is for everyone. Here are the top three animal products per category that cause the most farmed animal suffering to feed the U.S. population each day. By “category,” we mean different types of animal products: chicken, seafood, eggs, fish, pork, beef, turkey, and dairy.
Using this scale as a guide, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to cut back on the animal products in your diet — even if you eat just one category of products. Check out the full scale below:
The Bad (and Good) News
Each day that all 24 of these products are consumed in the U.S., it causes over five billion days of animal suffering. This is probably the most distressing fact I’ve shared so far in this series, but there’s a more positive way to look at the scale: that is, it provides a long and helpful list of 24 potential products to remove from your diet!
For example, if you’re someone who just can’t say no to cheese, then consider switching your milk to plant-based instead. You’ll be doing your part to prevent 1.9 million days of animal suffering while still enjoying your morning coffee. Likewise, pescetarians might think twice about digging into that shrimp cocktail, knowing that 2.5 billion days of animal suffering are caused each day that unbreaded shrimp is consumed in the U.S.
Ending animal suffering on factory farms means working collectively toward change. Whether you’ve gone vegan, are asking others to reduce their animal product intake, or are campaigning for welfare reforms on factory farms, you’re doing your part to make the world a safer and kinder place for animals.
During your advocacy, remember to remain patient and understanding with others — we need to be a source of social support if we want our advocacy to “stick.” But I also want to remind you to remain compassionate toward yourself and your needs. Research shows that burnout is common for animal advocates, and it’s important to incorporate regular self-care into your routine.
To learn more about Faunalytics’ Animal Product Impact Scales and how we came up with our numbers, click here. You can also read more about Faunalytics research in Top 10 Animal Products to Stop Eating Now Based on Which Animals Suffer the Most and Top 10 Foods that Cause Most Animal Deaths.
Sign these petitions to help make a difference for farmed animals:
- Ban Factory Farming in the U.S.
- No More Bailouts for Factory Farms
- Tell IFC to Divest from Factory Farming
Learn How to Cook Meatless Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is not only good for animals but is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
Here are some delicious plant-based “meaty” recipes to get you started!
- 5 Tips to Make Meatless Food Taste Meaty
- 10 Ways to Make Meaty Recipes with Veggies!
- 15 Hearty and Meaty Mushroom Recipes
- 15 Bean-Based Meatballs that are Packed with Protein!
- 12 Delicious Recipes for Vegan Chicken Nuggets, Tenders, and Fingers!
- 20 Amazing ‘Fried Chicken’ Recipes That Are Totally Vegan
- 15 Smoky and Salty Vegan Bacon Recipes
- 15 Vegan Sausages For Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- 15 High-Protein Savory Seitan “Wheat Meat” Recipes
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